ITV deny claims staff arranged deals with talent agencies to represent Love Island contestants 

ITV deny claims staff arranged secret deals with talent agencies to represent Love Island contestants

  • The Sun reported that the broadcaster launched an investigation over concerns about two unnamed talent agencies who often represent reality TV stars
  • The publication claimed these agencies sometimes approached future contestants just hours after they were announced to be taking part in the show 
  • An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline that they do not get involved in Love Islanders’ talent representation, which is entirely at the contestants’ discretion 
  • There is no suggestion that any of the Love Island finalists who flew back to Stansted Airport on Wednesday were involved 
  • Latest news and updates on all of your favourite Love Island contestants

ITV have denied claims that staff were arranging deals with talent agent to represent Love Island contestants before they had even took part in the show.

The Sun reported that the broadcaster launched an internal investigation over concerns about two unnamed talent agencies who often represent reality TV stars.

The publication claimed these agencies sometimes approached future contestants just hours after they were announced to be taking part in the show, prompting fears that staff may be tipping off agents – and receiving a cut for it.

Statement: ITV have denied claims that staff were arranging deals with talent agent to represent Love Island contestants before they had even took part in the show

Statement: ITV have denied claims that staff were arranging deals with talent agent to represent Love Island contestants before they had even took part in the show

An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline that they do not get involved in Love Islanders’ talent representation, which is entirely at the contestants’ discretion.

They said: ‘We do not have financial arrangements in place with talent agents, nor do we have any involvement in which management applicants for the show are signed to. 

‘Once contestants have taken part in the show, as part of our ongoing duty of care and welfare process, we support those who do not have representation in finding suitable management but it is always at their discretion who they decide to sign with.’

It was also reported that up to eight talent agencies had expressed concerns to ITV that other agencies were being given special treatment.

Deals: The Sun reported that the broadcaster launched an internal investigation over concerns about two unnamed talent agencies who often represent reality TV stars

Deals: The Sun reported that the broadcaster launched an internal investigation over concerns about two unnamed talent agencies who often represent reality TV stars

Some are also said to have felt that certain islanders were given favourable edits, therefore improving their chances of winning.

It is claimed one agency repeatedly discovered islanders identities in advance of them appearing on the show and then signed them up before the series aired. 

When rival agencies flew to Majorca to pitch themselves to the contestants, they reportedly felt that decisions had already been made.

A source said: ‘In recent years there’s become a number of concerns that deals were a foregone conclusion and any lobbying was a waste of time and money.

Claims: The publication claimed these agencies sometimes approached future contestants just hours after they were announced to be taking part in the show, prompting fears that staff may be tipping off agents - and receiving a cut for it

Claims: The publication claimed these agencies sometimes approached future contestants just hours after they were announced to be taking part in the show, prompting fears that staff may be tipping off agents – and receiving a cut for it

‘That has led to suspicions someone is earning an extra bit of cash to point them to one of two ‘favoured’ agencies.’

There is no suggestion that any of the islanders who flew back to Stansted Airport on Wednesday were involved.

These include winners Ekin-Su Culcologlu and Davide Sanclimenti and finalists Gemma Owen and Luca Bish, Indiyah Polack and Dami Hope and Tasha Ghouri and Andrew Le Page. 

Speaking out: An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline that they do not get involved in Love Islanders' talent representation, which is entirely at the contestants' discretion

Speaking out: An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline that they do not get involved in Love Islanders’ talent representation, which is entirely at the contestants’ discretion 

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